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They Invented What? (No. 80)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 6, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 7,016,828:  Text-to-scene conversion.

 mycology

Abstract:

The invention relates to a method of converting a set of words into a three-dimensional scene description, which may then be rendered into three-dimensional images. The invention may generate arbitrary scenes in response to a substantially unlimited range of input words. Scenes may be generated by combining objects, poses, facial expressions, environments, etc., so that they represent the input set of words. Poses may have generic elements so that referenced objects may be replaced by those mentioned in the input set of words. Likewise, a character may be dressed according to its role in the set of words. Various constraints for object positioning may be declared.

Claims: 

What is claimed is:

1. A method of generating a scene description from a set of words, comprising:
          performing a linguistic analysis on the set of words to generate a structure representative…

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They Invented What? (No. 79)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 6, 2019

JW Note: Wishing all a Prosperous and Happy New Year 2019!

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,023,850:  Clock for keeping time at a rate other than human time.

JW Note:  Wishing you a Prosperous and Happy New Year 2008!

 dogtime

What is claimed is:

1. A clock for keeping animal time, wherein animal time is defined as human time multiplied by a ratio given by the average lifespan of a human divided by the average lifespan of a type of animal whereby an animal second is equal to one human second divided by said ratio, one animal minute is equal to one human minute divided by said ratio, one animal hour is equal to one human hour divided by said ratio, and one animal day is equal to one human day divided by said ratio, said clock comprising:

          a housing;
          means for generating a reference frequency;
          first means responsive to said generating means for producing pulses at a rate…

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